Chauncey Billups says Detroit can be really scary
The Detroit Pistons have been the biggest surprise this year after a disastrous 2016-17 campaign. Their versatile attack led by forward Tobias Harris and guard Avery Bradley has transformed this team into a serious Eastern Conference playoff contender early on.
The Pistons’ hot start to the 2017-18 NBA season has now begun to raise some high expectations in the Motor City. However, after a blowout loss to the still-developing Los Angeles Lakers, Pistons legend Chauncey Billups thinks this team still has to figure out a way to bring it every night, according to Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press:
“Sometimes, after you have (a couple of) big wins,” said Billups, “you can get a false sense of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. What you’ve got to understand is that when you beat a couple of teams like that, everyone’s eyes pop open and they say, ‘Ok, this is a good team.’ So now you start to get a team’s best shot.”
Billups knows a thing or two about getting the opponent’s best shot night in and night out after winning an NBA championship back in 2004. They too had the fortune of relying on a balanced attack with an All-Star, technically in 2006, caliber lineup.
It is true that elite teams like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers tend to have a target on their back 82 times a year. Despite their early success, losses like those show they still have a long way to go before reaching that level. But Chauncey Billups isn’t losing hope on this Pistons team.
“They’ve got a lot of pieces, man. They can be a very scary team.”